Bad Heir Day
Review posted: 7/20/03
Author Wendy Holden has presented a book thatís wickedly fun, and decidely
English. Graduate student Anna is a struggling writer with bad luck with jobs and worse
luck with men. So when the opportunity to work with best-selling author Cassandra Knight
is handed to her on the heels of a crushing breakup with her live-in boyfriend (who
would prefer it is she would live out, thank you very much,) she jumps on it. Unfortunately
when Cassandra reads Annaís ad requesting work as a Writerís Assistant, Cassandra
reads that as nanny and personal slave.
Itís about this time that Anna begins to suspect things arenít going very well.
Cassandraís son is the spawn of Satan, and worse yet, he takes after his father; a washed
up Mick Jagger-like (not that Iím saying Mick Jagger is washed up) rock star with an
insatiable sex drive. And a leopard skin thong. (Take a deep breath, hold, and release
the breath and the horrific mental image. There you go.)
Anna is surrounded by her fellow nannies, all of whom make more than their employers. Meanwhile, as Anna canít even get the Knights to pay her her pitifully small wage, she comes to the conclusion that she must escape before she goes insane. Solution: Man.
The good news is, heís Scottish nobility. The bad news is heís fixated on the
ancestral home and scared of sex. So now, instead of being stranded in London, with a
vicious brat and his equally vicious parents, sheís stuck in Scotland and her only
friends are a poet with a beard that has itís own personality and a housewife who writes
erotica. Things are looking up.
Holden is terrific. Anna is terrific. You cheer her on, you commiserate with her,
you yell you head off at her for being so incredibly thick. Sheís a heroine that everyone
can sympathize with. She feels frumpy, sheís not sure what she wants out of life, or how
to get it, and she canít lose that last ten pounds. Holdenís characters, while outrageously
glamourous are also - sometimes painfully - recognizable from our lives.
Her distinctive writing style puts her on the map as one of the funniest people
in the library. Fun, wacky and intense, reading Bad Heir Day is a very good idea.
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